HERDSMEN KILLINGS IN EBONYI: SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS SILENT WHILE OUR PEOPLE ARE MURDERED
– WE WILL MOBILIZE ALL IGBO COMMUNITIES TO BEGIN PROTESTS IF ANTI-OPEN GRAZING LAWS ARE NOT IMMEDIATELY ENACTED AND ENFORCED
Our hearts bleed over the recent gruesome murder of over twenty innocent Igbo men and women in Ebonyi State by armed Fulani herdsmen. We weep and mourn them, and extend our sincere condolences to their immediate families. By these heartbreaking deaths and sustained efforts to ensure the extermination of our people, we all must now rise up, fold up our sleeves and permanently put a stop to these unwarranted and unprovoked mass murders of our people on our own soil.
These barbaric killings have continued because our political leaders in the South East have refused to enact and enforce the anti-open grazing and forest guard laws, along with the creation of livestock guards, which we have been demanding in the past three years. Our political leaders have failed to prioritize the security and safety of the vulnerable social categories in our land, and our people are now countlessly massacred by the marauding herdsmen.
All our letters, appeals and entreaties to the South East Governors and Houses of Assembly to make and enforce anti-open grazing legislations that protect our people have fallen on deaf ears.
It is clear that the aloofness of our leaders to issues of security of our people is owed to the fact that neither they nor their wives, children and immediate family members are physically exposed to these killings, rape and maiming that our defenceless people at the grassroots are experiencing. With their humongous security votes and numerous security operatives, they live and move safely while the ordinary people whom they are supposed to protect from the ravages of the herdsmen suffer agonizing rape and death, and their sources of livelihood wiped away. This misery shall no longer be allowed in our land.
We shall therefore organize all members of Igbo communities, young and old, and stage peaceful protests across the South East if the anti-open grazing laws are not quickly enacted and the unbridled movement of the killer herdsmen effectively checked. This is no longer time for rhetorics, and we shall not romanticize the very reprehensible, primitive, atavistic and satanic acts of these terrorists who have invaded our land all the way from the Sahel. This is the time for action.
- Chief Emeka Diwe
March 31, 2021.